For customers not familiar with custom screen printing we have provided this outline guide to help you understand the many steps required to bring you order to life. This process is nearly exactly the same for embroidery.
If you are taking advantage of our Online Design Studio, first three steps can be accomplished from in the studio. If you are providing your own artwork, it can be also uploaded into the Online Design Studio.
If you are submitting artwork via email or have elected to have our design team create your message for you, all of the following steps apply.
Step 1. Select Garments
Garment style(s) can be found in our Online Apparel Catalog. If you do not find the style or brand of garment you are looking for please call or request a Custom Quote. With access to 80,000 styles and brands it is nearly impossible to catalog everyone.
Step 2. Request a Quote
Once you have selected your garment style, customer service will then help you decide how many colors to include in your design and the number of imprint locations.
Step 3. Payment
Orders to be shipped outside of our immediate service area are pre-paid. Payment for some local orders may require prepayment as well. Others may only required a 60% deposit with balance due upon completion.
Step 4. Artwork
Our team of talented designers will then create a layout and work with you directly until you are 100% satisfied with the design.
Step 5. Mock Up & Virtual Proof
Usually within 24 hours of artwork approval, we will email a virtual sample of your design on the color of garment(s) we ordered. The mock-up is an estimate for colors, sizing and location. Once you make final approval of your garment your order will go into production.
Please note: While close, computer monitors may not perfectly reproduce the colors as they will actually appear on your garments. You may request a printable proof via email.
Step 6. Pre-Press
At this stage, we will then create film(s), separations and burn the screens required for you order. Registration or aligning of the screens on the press assures that all colors are in their correct positions.
Note: If your job is to be embroidered or contains any embroidery elements it will need to be "digitized". This creates a footprint file that tells our equipment where to place each color of thread to be included in your design.
Step 7. Production Sample
Our press operator will then generate an actual quality control sample of your garment. They will then review it for correct registration, color opacity, location and coverage. If any adjustments are required, samples will be produce until the production manager signs off on the run.
Step 8. Production
Almost done. Now your garment will be imprinted. It will then take a long ride through out textile dryer the "cures" the ink. Once the ink reaches 320 degrees it is completely "set" and wash and wearable.
If your garment has more than on imprint area, the production and curing process is repeated for each location.
Note: Production of embroidery is a different process and do not require "curing". See Embroidery 101 for more details.
Step 9. Shipping/Pick-Up
Once cured your garments are pressed, folded and boxed. For those orders being drop shipped they will go to our shipping department and prepped for delivery by UPS or LTL carrier depending upon the size of your order.
Local orders will remain in the warehouse until such time the customer picks it up.
“Midway Middle School has used Banana Graphics for field day t-shirts, and cheerleading t-shirts. The finished product (t-shirt and screen printing) was very high quality and delivered quickly! We have received many compliments on the t-shirts. They are also great with design ideas! We couldn't be happier with Banana Graphics!"
Midway Middle School
Below is a short video that outlines the screen printing process. Here you will see the many steps it takes to bring your message to life.